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Happy Birthday to us!

June 5, 2014

Today is my birthday and my (step)sisters birthday! Say whaaat? Yup – we’re born on the same day, one year apart. Even better? We have the same name! Alysha & Alicia

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This will be the first year in 5 years we haven’t celebrated together! We’ll be celebrating from afar and then reunite in the summer for another celebration!

Also, it’ll be the first time in 5 years Adam and I haven’t been together for my birthday, however he gets home next week and we’re going away on a fun little vacation. 

I got an early birthday surprise this week with a sneak preview from our engagement photo shoot with my lovely friend Ainsley Rose Photography!

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Adam left me a little card before he left to be opened on my birthday – I thought it was pretty funny that it was almost exactly like our engagement photo sneak peak!

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Off to spend my birthday with Kindergarteners, and then dinner with the family!

 

Birthdays, Cakes, Dessert

Coconut Cloud Cake

April 23, 2014

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This past weekend we celebrated Easter, along with two birthdays! My brother’s girlfriend and my mom’s birthday (which is actually today) – Happy Birthday Mother!

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Every year I ask her what type of dessert/cake she wants for her birthday (past birthday cakes including carrot cake and a cheesecake) and this year it was the same as last year: a coconut cloud cake. However, unlike last years two-layer round cake I opted for a single layer slab cake. Slab cakes are easier to prepare and transport and good for feeding a crowd. Since we were having it at Easter dinner too, it needed to feed a crowd, or in our case our ever-expanding family.

Last year I made the coconut cloud cake using swiss meringue buttercream – this year I simplified things by first making the slab instead of the two layer, and instead of buttercream I simply used coconut cream for a 1-ingredent dairy-free frosting. The coconut cream is light and fluffy making it even more of a ‘cloud’ cake. I added a little bit of coconut extract for a deeper coconut taste then topped it with roasted coconut chips from Trader Joes. I used the coconut cake recipe from Butter Baked Goods cookbook – which is currently 50% off right now on Chapters Indigo! (I’ll have to add the recipe later, as I forgot to do it and now I’m posting this while I’m out and don’t have the cookbook with me! oops) 

I think this will start to be a tradition – coconut cloud cakes for birthdays. Growing up we had a traditional Italian St. Honore cake for birthdays – or ‘bon bon’ cake – the one with the layers of pastry, bavarian cream filling, whipped cream and cream puffs on top. It was always a special treat. Did you have any birthday traditions growing up?? any special cakes?? 

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